Welcome to Atmospheric Sciences 111: Global Warming -
Instructor: Kelly McCusker
kelly 'at' atmos.washington.edu
Monday-Friday 10:50-11:50 a.m. in ATG
Mon. 12 - 1pm, Tue. 1:30 - 2:30pm. in ATG
522 or ATG 402
The Rough Guide to Climate Change by
Robert Henson, 3rd edition (2011)
8/16/2012:Today's slides are posted.
Homework 5 solutions
posted, along with today's slides
Today's slides are posted
yesterday's activity material is posted
Final Exam review sheet
posted.The final exam will be held in ATG 610 this Friday
8/17 from 10:50-11:50 a.m.
Slides from yesterday's discussion, HW4
solutions, and Friday's worksheets are posted
Slides through today are posted
HW 5 is posted
. Due Tue 8/14
Slides through today are posted
. Also, PHOTOS
from the field
trip are posted!
7/25/2012: HW 4
field trip make-up
are posted. Slides through today are posted
Quiz 2 review worksheet
and answer key
posted. Also, hw3 solutions
are up for
the week. Quiz #2 on Wed (7/25) on Ice &
Snow through Climate Records
has been updated to reflect more
details about the final paper.
Please read Battisti & Naylor
for Monday's class. Extra
credit opportunity tomorrow (7/13). Details in lecture 15
7/11/2012: Homework 3
is posted and due next Wed 7/18
Homework 1&2 solutions posted
credit opportunity this Friday (7/13).
Slides for the week are posted
Field trip to Wild Horse Wind Farm is now on Thursday,
Slides for this week are posted
. Also new links
posted in 'more climate
under Assorted. And HW 2
is posted in materials. Reminder:
HW1 due Wed!
6/20/2012: HW 1
out - due Wed. June 27. Lecture 3 slides
posted. Thanks to Prof. Frierson for singing today!
Also, here is the Science article
about the recent sea level rise legislation in North Carolina.
Lecture 1 slides
and Lecture 2 (continuation of
L1) slides posted
with reading assignments is posted for near
to "weather is the dog" youtube video from class so you
can actually hear the audio.
Human-induced climate change - popularly known as "global warming" - is one of the great challenges facing society in the 21st century.
If we ignore the problem, and continue on our current course, by the end of this century the climate changes due to increased greenhouse gases will be large enough to have significant consequences on the environment and on civilization. Those changes are essentially irreversible, since once the carbon dioxide reaches those high values in the atmosphere, it is likely to remain high for several more centuries, during which Earth's surface will continue to warm.
To avoid these changes will require either (i) a wholesale change in the sources of energy used by humans, (ii) yet to be developed methods to sequester carbon on an unprecedented scale, or (iii) intentional human modification of the Earth's energy budget to partially cancel the warming that will result from the increased greenhouse gases due to human activity (so-called geoengineering solutions to global warming).
At stake are deeply felt values as well as entrenched economic
interests. When these are combined with scientific
uncertainty, it is not surprising that global warming has
sparked a raging, often passionate debate.
In this course, you will learn:
- the basic science of global warming
- the consequences of global warming to date
- how the climate is projected to change over this century
- impacts these projected changes will have on ecosystems and people
- what the scientific consensus is
- what the major sources of uncertainty are
- what solutions exist to mitigate or avoid additional global warming
Last modified: Thu Aug 16 18:45:59 PDT 2012